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My Digital French Classroom in Google Slides

Tuesday, Might 12, 2020

My Virtual French Classroom in Google Slides - D. Mancuso

Ever since I first began educating core French 16 years in the past, I’ve all the time wished my very own classroom. I stored pondering how good it will be to have my very own area the place I may arrange studying centres, or a French library, or a coding nook, or a phrase wall, or a… er, I am getting a bit carried away, aren’t I? The purpose I am attempting to get at is that I’ve all the time wished a classroom to name my very own, one which I may customise the way in which I really feel would greatest facilitate French language acquisition amongst my college students. Briefly, I’ve longed to totally immerse my college students within the goal language to maximise studying within the few half-hour that I’ve with them every day. Effectively, due to some extremely inspiring academics who’ve embraced the newest pattern in distance studying, I’ve jumped on board the digital bandwagon and now have my very personal digital French classroom. Squee!

I actually want I knew who began this pattern so I may thank that individual profusely since this is likely one of the most sensible concepts I’ve come throughout in a really very long time. There are such a lot of tutorials on the market however lots of the posts I have been seeing on Twitter have been sharing this useful video tutorial by Thomas Blackmore:

For my digital classroom, I’ve determined to solely activate just a few objects this week and have created an audio message, just like my interactive French actions, to problem my college students to search out three hidden actions. (Can you discover all of them?) I’ve additionally added audio messages to the cat and to my Bitmoji as clues. Two of the actions result in actions that I’ve embedded into my Google Web site and one leads them to a digital tour. Subsequent week, I plan so as to add extra lively hyperlinks and maybe a few extra objects to my classroom as an ongoing “The place’s Waldo?” kind of exercise. I additionally plan on making a slight change every day, resembling the position of the cat, and difficult college students to establish what has modified from the day past. For instance, “Aujourd’hui le chat est sur le tapis.” (Speak concerning the genuine use of the goal language!) I’ve so many concepts on what else I would wish to attempt inside my room, my head may explode! For now, I’ll share my high 5 suggestions for designing your individual digital classroom.

Prime 5 Suggestions for Designing a Digital Classroom

  1. When inserting pictures, add both “png” or “clear” to your search question to search out objects which have a clear background. 
  2. If you cannot discover a picture within the color you are searching for, insert a picture and click on on it. Then go to Format choices  that seems on the menu above (or right-click on the picture) and choose an choice from the Re-colour menu that seems on the proper panel. I did this for the easel, blackboard, window, shelf, rug and stool, utilizing the grayscale choice. It brings me nice pleasure to have every thing all “matchy matchy”!
  3. So as to add audio to a picture of your selection, first add the audio file to your slide. Then click on on the audio icon and click on Substitute picture which is able to seem within the menu bar above. Then both seek for the picture in Google or add a picture. If the brand new picture isn’t sq., components of it could be minimize off however it’s simply mounted by clicking on the “crop picture” icon and adjusting the daring, black cropping handles as required. 
  4. In case you plan on utilizing varied Bitmoji stickers, I counsel making a file folder and downloading your favorite ones. I selected so as to add them to a folder in Google Drive through the use of the Google Drive Desktop App. This has been a recreation changer for me since I can simply drag and drop my Bitmoji stickers immediately from the Bitmoji extension right into a devoted folder on my Google Drive by way of the desktop shopper, and the stickers keep their clear background. This has a number of advantages resembling eliminating the necessity to save to your pc and taking on treasured area in your exhausting drive. You may also alternate altering your Bitmoji outfit utilizing the Bitmoji app after which copying these stickers to your Google Drive folder so you possibly can entry completely different outfits later. Additionally it is nice should you plan on attaching audio recordsdata to your Bitmoji, since it’s worthwhile to substitute the audio icon picture with one other. (You can’t copy and paste your sticker from the Bitmoji extension after which add audio to it, sadly.) This fashion, you possibly can substitute the picture by way of your Drive. Here’s a tutorial on learn how to use the Google Drive Desktop Consumer:


  5. For any objects that you simply want to hold stationary such because the wall, flooring, or blackboard, I like to recommend that you simply add these to the slide grasp. It simply clears up your canvas as it could actually get crowded with a number of pictures and it is not all the time straightforward to isolate a single picture if it’s worthwhile to transfer it or make adjustments. To entry the slide grasp, click on on SlideEdit grasp
If you would like to make use of the template I created, click on right here for the same model in View solely mode. Click on on File – Make a replica so you possibly can customise it.

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